Culture Laser: Bruno Wizard, Elisabeth Rasmussen

September 23, 2014

We talk with Bruno Wizard, an underground legend in the 1970s for his crazed live performances and ‘mystery man’ status and a real one-off. The lead singer of The Homosexuals and The Rejects, he performed at the Roxy alongside The Jam and The Clash; was part of the ‘Blitz kids’ scene; squatted with the Warren Street Mafia; and rejected a series of record deals out of loathing for the establishment. He features in a new film, The Heart of Bruno Wizard, and our Ryan speaks with him and the film’s director Elisabeth Rasmussen is an uplifting and inspiring conversation. Presented by Ryan Van Winkle @rvwable and produced by Colin Fraser @kailworm of Culture Laser Productions @culturelaser

John Slavin on the Culture Laser

June 7, 2014

We spoke with artist John Slavin during his recent exhibition at The Sutton Gallery in Edinburgh. He discusses how his work has recently changed and talks about a number of his works. Also featuring the track ‘Ungooglable You’ from Marc and Naomi, who will be featuring at our next Culture Laser Live in Berlin on the 8th June. Presented by Ryan Van Winkle and produced by Colin Fraser of Culture Laser Productions.

Planned Freedoms: Elbow Room

June 6, 2014

Composer Thomas Butler discusses his composition, Elbow Room, performed this week by the Red Note Ensemble, which tells the story of how contemporary Glasgow was built. It includes fragments of films made in the 1949 and 1971 that looked forward to the future of Glasgow and Thomas’s piece reflects on the optimism that was present in the schemes and perhaps some of the mistakes that were made. He wanted to capture some of the excitement that the planners had to make a better life for everybody – that it could be an urban Utopia, even though they failed. Featuring music recorded at the performance at Summerhall with the Red Note Ensemble. Presented by Ryan Van Winkle and produced by Colin Fraser of Culture Laser Productions.

Culture Laser is LIVE IN BERLIN!

May 29, 2014

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“That’s Right – We’re Doing it Live”

The Multi-Coloured Culture Laser enters Berlin for a night of performance, discussion, drinking, and hot hilarious uke action. A podcast experience for your eyes & your hearts – done fucking live.


Sholem Krishtalka: Berlin diarist, Lurker, Tarot card maker—offering personal, political & compelling insights through art.

Imogen Heath: Sex, dark, light, beauty, humans, rabbits & music on film. Co-founder of

Sticky Biscuits: Marc & Naomi play cute, nerdy & naughty tunes on ukulele!

+ tunes from the Culture Laser Collective Band: The Hilarious Psycho-Acoustic Enterprise (Drock & Alex’s Hilarious Productions)

pow pow zap!

When: Sunday! 8 June, 8PM!


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Schönstedtstraße 7 – EG Neukölln 12043 Berlin


We’re Just Going To Do It Anyway – Culture Laser

May 18, 2014

We spent a day at the fabulous Hidden Door Festival at the start of April and spoke with Dave Martin, one of the founders and organisers of the event as well as a number of the artists who took part. These include Harriette Yarrington talking about her turtle skull sculptures, Paddy Hare on improvisation, Alicja Pawluczuk on managing a cinema space and participatory video, Jenny Smith on her short film involving shadows in a monastery, Graeme Smith discussing his multimedia presentation involving 180 eggs labelled good and bad and Ed Stack on his ambitious Decagram event. Featuring music from BEDS and a track from Numbers Are Futile. Support Hidden Door by heading to their fundraising event on 17 May at the Liquid Rooms in Edinburgh. Presented by Ryan Van Winkle and produced by Colin Fraser of Culture Laser Productions.

Culture Laser in the Section Devoted Entirely to Flames

May 2, 2014

On this week’s episode we feature American writers Mark Z. Danielewski and Ben Marcus taking us on a tour of a section of the Mitchell Library in Glasgow dedicated entirely to flames. With thanks to Aye Write and Stuart Kelly. We also speak to musicians Nick Pynn and Magnus Mehta who discuss their involvement in The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler presented by Vanishing Point and National Theatre of Scotland in association with Eden Court Theatre. Featuring the track ‘Rubber Toy’ from the production. Presented by Ryan Van Winkle and produced by Colin Fraser of Culture Laser Productions. Culture Laser acknowledges the financial support of Creative Scotland.

Pushing the Limits on the Culture Laser

April 30, 2014

Ryan Van Winkle discusses Under the Mulberry Tree with playwright Timothy Jones and director Hannah Eidinow after a recent performance at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh. Poet and performer Harry Giles talks about his new piece ‘I want to blow up the Palace of Holyroodhouse (for art)’ which explores free speech and the intricacies of modern terrorism legislation. It will be performed at the Buzzcut Festival in Glasgow on 27 April. Presented by Ryan Van Winkle and produced by Colin Fraser of Culture Laser Productions.

Extremely Bad Dancing to Extremely French Music on the Culture Laser

April 29, 2014

We talk dance, music, starting new things at a more mature age and collaborating at a distance with Karl Jay Lewin and Matteo Fargion, whose Extremely Bad Dancing to Extremely French Music was recently at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. We also chat with Hannah Bateman, the Lead Dancer of the Northern Ballet‘s production of Cinderella, which is currently touring the UK. And this episode’s easter egg is an exclusive preview of our Scottish Poetry Library podcast with Korean poet Lee Si Young with his translator, Brother Anthony, possibly the only Cornish Korean in the world. Presented by Ryan Van Winkle (@rvwable) and produced by Colin Fraser (@kailworm) of Culture Laser Productions (@culturelaser) Photo: Bill Young for Northern Ballet.

Louise Welsch, Merchant City Voices and the North Atlantic Slave Trade on Culture Laser

April 1, 2014

We think about ancestors, history and industry in this episode. First off, we talk with Louise Welsh about her Merchant City Voices project which explores Glasgow’s Merchant City’s relationship with the north Atlantic Slave Trade. “This city has blood in the mortar.” We also feature visual artist Rebecca Gouldson, whose exhibition Industrial Shift is currently at Edinburgh Printmakers. And finally there’s an exclusive preview of our next Book Talk podcast for the Scottish Book Trust – out Wednesday 2 April.

Meursault Paint Themselves as the Baddie on Culture Laser

March 20, 2014

In the second of our podcasts talking with artists heading to the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, our Ryan chats with Neil Pennycook of Meursault. He discusses their latest album The Organ Grinder’s Monkey, which was funded and formed by a creative crowdfunding campaign – “making sure the people donating and helping the band get their money’s worth’. Neil also discusses his views on songwriting, why he doesn’t think he’ll ever be on Radio 1 and introduces 3 of the songs from the new album.